Graduate student studies link between speech perception and speech production

When visiting a different city or country, travelers may find themselves slipping into the local accent. Timothy Murphy wants to find out why.

Researchers have been studying this phenomenon — phonetic convergence — for years. But Murphy, a graduate student studying psychology in Carnegie Mellon University’s Holt Lab, said there is currently no explanation for why an American may sound a little British after a vacation across the pond.

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